Charlie Sheen Pimps Beer For Bavaria

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As Charlie Sheen climbs out from under his rock of shame, advertising is helping him rise from the ashes. Recently, Sheen could be seen in ads for DirecTV and Fiat. Now, Sheen can be seen in a Bavaria beer commercial that pokes fun at his recent sobriety.

On his way home from rehab, Sheen can't seem to go anywhere without seeing people drink beer. Even when he gets home and sees his entire backyard filled with welcome home revelers. Ah, but this beer is non-alcoholic. Clever spot from Amsterdam-based Selmore.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-13-12    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials



Meet 'The Finnisher': Neighborhood Hero and Kick Ass Car Dealer

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You've got to love car dealer commercials. Why? Because they are the epitome of so-bad-it's-good. There's a certain quality - perhaps born out of years of being hit over the head with it - that we have all come to expect from car dealer ads. A quality that, in any other kind of advertising, would be immediately trounced.

Here's another entry into the pantheon of car dealer advertising silliness. This one, from John Keating Chevrolet in Crosby Texas, is called I Am The Finnisher. And, no, Finnisher isn't spelled incorrectly. At least by us (We know. It's hard to believe). It's spelled that way because the man in the ad, Rik Melartin, owner of John Keating Chevrolet, is from Finland.

But not so silly is the fact Melartin, who is a resident of Bellaire, Texas has, over the past 15 years, caught three robbers at gunpoint.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-13-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Kate Upton's Boobs Now Selling DirecTV

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We didn't think it was possible but we might, in fact, be getting bored with Kate Upton flaunting her 34D's for just about every brand under the sun. The latest display of Upton's cleavage comes courtesy of DirecTV which is out with this very odd commercial that's not really about anything at all...except the flaunting of Kate's hotness. And her boobs. Well, she is on a beach and she is wearing a bikini. And she does have big boobs. It can't be all bad, right?

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 2-12    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Racy



Agency Has Fun With Timeline, Gratuitous Ass Shot of the Day

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- As agencies get their Facebook Timeline in order, we're bound to see interesting iterations such as this one from Brunner Works.

- Gratuitous ass shot of the day. This one ends with a twist.

- Very strange. Clorox now makes bacon flavored cat litter and cleaning products. Hmm.

- Mazda is out with a new commercial for its 2013 CX-5 crossover SUV. Lee Majors would love it!

- Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Rich Silverstein, founder of Hacking Autism, is out with a trailer for his I Want to Say short. The film takes a look at touch screen technology and how it has help kids with autism.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-30-12    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Commercials, Racy, Strange



AXE Repels Women. OK, Not Really

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Here's an interesting twist on the whole notion that AXE actually has something to do with whether or not a woman finds a man attractive. This South African :60 at first pleasantly leads us to believe that in fact, no, Axe does not attract women. It actually repels them. That is until we realize what's actually repelling the hundreds of bikini-clad women running away from the guy showering on this beach. Hilarious, actually.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-30-12    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Strange



How to Kill Hunger And Thirst All at Once

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Some ads are weird. And then there's this one from Australia's The Monkeys for Oak, a drink that apparently is so fulfilling it's like drinking and eating at the same time. With the tagline Kill HungryThirsty Dead, a carnival worker rambles on semi-logically about hunger, thirst, his broither and his son.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-27-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Dockers Mourns Death of the Phone Booth

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This is really some beautiful work. Glorious shots of the dying phone booth. You get the sense it's all leading up to something amazing. Sadly, it's just an ad for Dockers. Beautiful work, DraftFCB but you really should have saved it for a more worthy client.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-26-12    
Topic: Commercials



The Real Reason Kelly Brook's Boobs Are So Big? Socks.

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"You could have a pair like Kelly's" if you just pick up a pair of official Sports Relief Socks at your local (if you're in England) Sainsbury today. Yes. Breasts truly can sell anything we ask them to.

So wait, Kelly's been stuffing all these years?

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by Steve Hall    Mar-26-12    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Strange



Hitler Sells Shampoo on Turkish TV

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An actual shampoo brand, Biomen, is using imagery of Hitler in a Turkish TV ad. It's not a spoof. It's not a joke. It's an actual ad currently airing in Turkey. The ad's translation reads, "If you're not wearing women's clothes, you shouldn't be using women's shampoo either. Here it is. A real man's shampoo. Biomen. Real men use Biomen."

If there's one constant in this twisted business we call advertising it's that every once in a while we are witness to some of the strangest, most inconceivable happenings. Though the use of Hitler in an ad will unlikely be topped.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-26-12    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Three Reasons Why Sexual Fantasies Never Happen in Real Life

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Now here's an interesting one. Canadian telecom brand Manitoba Telecom Services just launched a Dare Vancouver-created campaign to promote its Amour pay per view porn service. With three spots that appear at first to be your typical porny encounter, the campaign reminds viewers that "Fantasies happen but only on Amour Adult TV." It's quite ingenious actually. To see just how easily a fantasy can be shot down. Much like it always happens in real life. Which, of course, is why we have porn so we don't have to be shot down when we're really in the mood to be...ahem...up..

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by Steve Hall    Mar-22-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Racy










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